Balsam notices this from a early age and makes this clear in his letters to the Chinese Premier. He is feels strongly about the landlords in his area and their generally suspicious activities as well. Balsam was called the White Tiger because at a young age he was gifted academically and it was noticed by some school inspectors. A white tiger is a very rare animal and they felt that Balsam was very rare as well. Balsam later embraces this name as he feels he is a rare person who ill go to any lengths necessary to be successful, including condemning his family to die.
I find the quote significant because even before the British ruled India, the Muslims did. So had India ever been truly free up until that point? Now because of the governments corruption, the country is practically ruled by the highest bidder. Balsam notices this and thinks you would be a moron if you think that the county is actually now free to rule itself. It also raises the interesting point that since vote rigging/buying is done by the rich, hey will most likely choose politicians who would please the needs of the rich, which is a key reason the poor are being treated so badly in India.
By killing Mr.. Shoo, Balsam is freeing himself from his oppressor. Balsam, who feels he is being restricted and limited whilst working for Mr.. Shoo. After killing Mr.. Shoo, he is no longer a low class citizen who is ruled by a master, to a masterly entrepreneur who is free to do whatever he likes with his money. Balsam also presumes his family dead, probably killed in revenge for he death of Mr.. Shoo. In a way, this would give Balsam more freedom to do as he wants, as he no longer has anything left to lose.
Balsam, finally rules himself. Balsam may now be free, but the rest of India is still not. That is the effectiveness of the quote. It perfectly illustrates Indian’s lack of freedom throughout history. It has always been ruled by someone, something, or some religion. When the British left, some optimistic people felt that India would finally be able to rule itself, but that hope was quickly crushed by the androids, and corrupt government officials.